Is it true that artists create their best work when they are broken?
This is a bit of side series to Jesper Kristiansen’s “Drowning”. When we met, he told me the story, about his inspiration for that set. It’s about a personal experience, about loss, about surviving, about breathing when you feel as if you are drowning.
In my own way, in other circumstances I’ve been there too.
It is both a blessing and a curse to feel everything so deeply.
That reference to Shakespeare’s Ophelia, love and tragedy… “Loving you was the most exquisite form of self-destruction.”
I’ve spent a lot of time asking myself what to do in those spaces in time when trying to get past something, feeling so low and like I really want to escape the world. Is that the time to just follow the course you’ve set out, one foot in front of the other, believing that regardless of how you feel, your feet will carry you to the other side of the tunnel, if you just keep going? Is it a time to create, to pour all of those feelings into art?
I believe it is a little bit of both. Maybe we have more to give when everything is not going perfectly?! In any case, let’s keep creating, through the good and the bad times.
This series was shot by Jesper Kristian, assisted by Balazs Mashalla Popal. Jesper is an artist and photographer who I’ve followed and been inspired by for some years now. I would say his trademark thing is elaborate and just incredible flower setups.
We got to work together one weekend in Aalborg and I hope to see him again in 2018.
See more of his work on Insta here: Jesper Kristian